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Radiohead on In Rainbows: Pay Whatever You Want


Radiohead, releasing their new album In Rainbows on October 10, have told fans they can pay whatever they want for it.

Radiohead_2The Telegraph reports: "While loyal fans are likely to want to pay the band something, customers could opt to pay as little 45p - the credit card handling fee. The album is also available separately as part of a £40 box-set which includes the album on CD, two vinyl records, a CD with additional songs, photos, artwork and lyrics. It is Radiohead's first album since Hail to the Thief, which was released in 2003 after which the band's contract with EMI/Capitol expired."

Telegraph blogger Shane Richmond notes: "None of the things Radiohead are doing with this is unique. All of them have been developed and used by other artists for quite some time. But this is Radiohead. When one of the world's biggest bands does something like this, it will get noticed and it will start people thinking. Record labels survived for years on the value they added to the process. They made it possible for bands to make records and get them into the stores and then used their marketing weight to get those records played on the radio and featured in magazines. In the process they made enormous profits by overcharging fans and underpaying artists. They no longer add any value to the process. In fact, they act as a barrier between fans and musicians. It's time to move them out of the way and Radiohead have just showed us how."

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  1. I worship at the altar of Radiohead. They are the best band in the history of music...not to mention the coolest.

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 1, 2007 11:51:54 AM

  2. This is really cool. It will be interesting to see how many people choose to pay for this.

    The music industry is so totally fucked.

    Posted by: crispy | Oct 1, 2007 11:55:36 AM

  3. This is how all records should be released.

    Posted by: Paul | Oct 1, 2007 11:59:52 AM

  4. I'm totally going crazy! I love that band and I've already pre-ordered my copy!

    Posted by: DW | Oct 1, 2007 12:27:22 PM

  5. If you are a fan, does that make you a Radiohead or Radioheadhead?

    Posted by: anon ( | Oct 1, 2007 12:45:25 PM

  6. bad news for CD shops, but great news for radioheads like us!

    Posted by: RH | Oct 10, 2007 3:58:48 AM

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